- This is the highest number of journalists arrested worldwide since the organization, based in New York, began collecting statistical data in the early 1990s.
- According to the report, most detained journalists are accused of committing crimes against the state, such as terrorism or joining an illegal group.
- The Committee to Protect Journalists is also concerned about the increase in cases linked to so-called “fake news.”
జర్నలిస్టులను రక్షించే కమిటీ (సిపిజె) వార్షిక నివేదిక ప్రకారం, డ్యూటీలో ఉన్నప్పుడు అదుపులోకి తీసుకున్న జర్నలిస్టుల సంఖ్య ఈ ఏడాది రికార్డు స్థాయిలో నమోదైంది. డిసెంబర్ 1 నాటికి ప్రపంచవ్యాప్తంగా 274 మంది జర్నలిస్టులను అరెస్టు చేసినట్లు సిపిజె మంగళవారం నివేదించింది. ఏడాది పొడవునా జైలు శిక్ష అనుభవిస్తున్న వారిని ఈ సంఖ్యలో చేర్చలేదని సిపిజె సూచిస్తుంది.
This is the highest number of journalists arrested worldwide since the organization, based in New York, began collecting statistical data in the early 1990s.
“It’s shocking and appalling that we are seeing a record number of journalists imprisoned in the midst of a global pandemic,” CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon said in a statement.
The official elaborated that the wave of repression is a form of censorship that interrupts the free circulation of information and inhibits media freedom.
According to CPJ, protests and political tensions have been the catalyst for many detentions, with two countries in crisis experiencing a particularly significant increase: Ethiopia and Belarus.
China, with 47 detainees, the majority in Xinjiang province; Turkey, with 37; Egypt, with 27; and Saudi Arabia, with 24, stand out as the states that most detain journalists.
In general, detainees are concentrated in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, alongside some other countries, such as Russia. In the list of CPJ, there are no journalists arrested in the Americas, Western Europe, or Oceania.
The organization also highlighted the risk that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus poses to journalists in prisons, reporting at least two deaths by COVID-19, one in Egypt and one in Honduras.
నివేదిక ప్రకారం, most detained journalists are accused of committing crimes against the state, such as terrorism or joining an illegal group.
The Committee to Protect Journalists is also concerned about the increase in cases linked to so-called “fake news.”
In 2020, 34 journalists worldwide were arrested for allegedly spreading “fake news.” The CPJ blames outgoing US President Donald Trump for his rhetoric against the media and the way this charge has been harnessed by other leaders.
“The record number of journalists imprisoned around the world is President Trump’s press freedom legacy,” said Mr. Simon, who called on the next government, led by Joe Biden, to work as part of a worldwide coalition to reduce the number.
In the US, there were no journalists imprisoned for their work by December 1. However, the report highlights that throughout the year, up to 110 professional journalists have been arrested or prosecuted, an unprecedented number, and at least 300 were beaten, especially by the police during the coverage of demonstrations.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has already responded to CPJ’s report through his spokesman, expressing “indignation” at the increased attacks and restrictions on the work of journalists.
“The Secretary‑General calls again on governments to immediately release journalists who have been detained solely for exercising their profession,” Stéphane Dujarric said in a statement.